February 2

Exodus 15:19-17:7; Matthew 22:1-33; Psalm 27:1-6; Proverbs 6:20-26

Israel had experienced the greatest natural miracle ever seen on earth! God took the water and separated it, dried the ground and held the water back until more than 700,000 people walked through it. Then, once His people were safe, God sent the water crushing down on the Egyptians. What a miracle!

After such a great victory, you would think that the Sovereignty of God would be settled and they would know (not only believe but know) that God would use His Mighty power to help His children. Of this, they should have had no doubt!

Three days after this great water miracle, Israel needed water. Instead of crying out to God for help and allowing Him to help them, they started to complain and long for the days of Egypt. Wow! Isn’t this a true picture of us as humans? We are so quick to forget the awesome victories that God has done for us in the past. It’s as if God has to keep on proving Himself with each problem or challenge we face. For Israel, it became progressively worse. God supernaturally purifies the water so that they can drink and a few days later, they complain about food. So what does God do? He provides a Divine Food Delivery service and they get Manna each morning.

How could someone complain about their challenges when God has a proven track record? How could someone worry about a situation when God has shown that He is a Helper in our time of need? One word: Fear! Our fear of failure, fear of lack, fear of abandonment and fear of death leads us to doubt God’s faithfulness to us. Complaining is a symptom of fear! Today, make the quality decision to reject fear whenever it rises.

Remember: “The Lord is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1) You don’t need to be when God is on your side!

Tomorrow’s Reading: Exodus 17:8-19:15; Matthew 22:34-23:12; Psalm 27:7-14; Proverbs 6:27-35

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